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What exactly does the association do?

by Eric Li-Koo

We are rapidly nearing the end of the racing season, with British Championships just around the corner and some of our country’s top pilots preparing to show off their skills to their international counterparts at Euros and Worlds, so we thought it would be a good idea to update everybody on what we do and where your membership fees go.

Everything we do contributes towards the objectives that are enshrined in our constitution, and we strive to uphold the principles as written in our mission statement, but we are often asked for a more in-depth description of what we do, so here goes:

British Championship eligibility.

by Richard Rowland

To be eligible to participate in the British Championship on Oct 1st and 2nd 2016, you must be a BFPVRA member and have attended at least one of the Championship qualifying events.

 

The top 60 pilots based on their best qualifying scores will be invited to participate primarily, and priority given to the next in line if any can not attend.

 

Thank you.

BFPVRA British Championships 2016 – Dates & Location

by Thomas Greer

The BFPVRA is pleased to announce we have secured a venue and dates to hold the British Championships 2016.

The event will run on the 1st/2nd October 2016, and will be held as part of Helifest UK, at Ragley Hall. Full details can be found on the Event Page.

Eligibility criteria will be announced in the coming days, but for now, save the date!

New Committee Members

by Thomas Greer

We are pleased to announce the addition of four supporting committee members;

  • Richard, richard@bfpvra.org – ‘I am joining to help the hobby progress and help with the league table’
  • Warren, warrenj@bfpvra.org – ‘I am joining to help improve the sports growth in the UK. We have some of the world’s best pilots and should support their growth, and support new pilots to come into the sport’
  • Andrew, andrew@bfpvra.org – ‘I am joining to support the community and help the great atmosphere grow with everything else’
  • Craig, craig@bfpvra.org – ‘I am joining to help the UK pilots be the best they can be, from novice to pro. Being part of the BFPVRA I can help unify the UK FPV pilots and make sure that they will always the strongest and fastest FPV pilots in the world.’

These supporting committee members will be working alongside our core committee council. Rather than the clear roles of the core council, the supporting members will be more flexible; able to volunteer time and fill in where required. This will help us engage with clubs, members, authorities and the world at large to a higher standard than could be expected from the volunteered spare time of the four council members alone.

 

The Queens Cup

by Richard Rowland

After a bumpy starts and a few technical difficulties along the way, the Queens Cup is over and we have a champion.

The prestige of this event brought 52 pilots to Popham airfield to compete for a chance to have their name on one of the oldest sporting trophies in the UK. Some veterans of racing and a lot of new faces too, all came together for one of the best events of 2016.

With so many new faces, getting started was a bit slow. Getting everyone used to what they need to do and getting the equipment working in a race environment is no small feat. The guys from Rotor-Racing and the helping BFPVRA members did a exceptional job as always and we managed to get 2 practice rounds and 5 qualifying rounds in on day 1.

Day 2 consisted of another qualifying round and then everyone was seeded into their final positions based on their best 3 of the 6 rounds held. The top 24 pilots would go on to a knockout stage of racing to compete for the Queens cup, while the remaining 28 pilots each had their own final to compete for a medal and bragging rights over their fellow pilots.

After an exhausting 2 days with lots of racing, we got down to a single grand final of 6 pilots: Gary Kent, Matthew Evans, Leo Whitfield, James Bowles, Richard Whelan and Philip Trifunovic . A thrilling battle of the best pilots on the day was had, and Gary Kent came out victorious and was crowned The Queens Cup Champion.

A huge thank you goes out to Popham Airfield for hosting the event. The entire Rotor-Racing team along with FPVLeague.co.uk for everything they did to help run race control, and Niall coming in and giving up his free time to supply us with his great commentary. The BMFA (Andy Symons and all his team) for all their help and support. The Royal Aero Club for awarding us the privilege of the Queens Cup Trophy. Fossil Stuff for their help on the day and with track equipment. The BFPVRA committee for everything at the scene and behind the scenes. And of course to all the pilots for attending the event and being part of the greatest sporting community there is.

Queen’s Cup frequency scheme

by Eric Li-Koo
For any competitors who have been asking what frequency scheme and power output they will need for Queen’s Cup, we will be running Raceband at 25mW MAXIMUM.
Equipment will be checked during registration on the day.
The full set of construction rules will be in the Pilot Pack, which will be published after registration closes on Friday.

New Affiliated Club: Rotor Racing

by Brett Collis

RotorRacingWe’re pleased to announce that Rotor-Racing is now an affiliated club of the BFPVRA!

They’re based around West London area (they call Little Harlington MFC their home), and have organised a raft of well known events.

It’s great to have them on board. As an affiliated club, they are now eligible to run Qualifying Events for the British Championship series. More importantly, they are always happy to help other affiliated clubs with their experience and expertise so get signed up and get in on some action!

“Rotor-Racing is proud to affiliate with the BFPVRA in support of their vision for the sport of FPV/drone racing. We recognise that we both share similar values; to discover and develop the sport at all levels from grassroots to international competition. We believe that with support and representation from the association, the future looks fast, fun and exciting for all of our pilots!” – Craig Leong, Rotor-Racing.

You can find out more about them over at http://rotor-racing.com

Queens Cup signup now open!

by Thomas Greer

The BFPVRA alongside the BMFA has been awarded the prestigious “Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup” for 2016 by the Royal Aero Club for an FPV competition.

The event will be held at Popham Airfield on the 30/31st July in association with the BMFA as part of their DroneAware campaign. This is a one-time opportunity to compete in an FPV race for the coveted Queen’s Cup.

The race will count as a Qualifying Event as part of the British Championship series. There are also 2 qualifying positions up for grabs for the World Championships being held in Hawaii in October.

We’re looking for the best pilots in the UK to attend and compete. There are 60 pilot slots.

You can signup for the event here: Queen’s Cup